Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott has suggested to The Times that club owner Randy Lerner is unfairly criticised.
Lerner has been criticised by fans and pundits alike for his perceived lack of interest in Villa and lack of investment in the squad.
“There’s something wrong with the whole foundations, team, players,” the 33-year-old defender told The Times. “Is it one person’s fault? No.
“It’s unfair that fans chant they want the chairman [owner Randy Lerner] out. We’re the ones playing. He’s very calm, a very nice man. It’s a shame.”
Villa are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just 16 points from 26 matches.
Remi Garde’s side are as many as eight points behind 17th-placed Norwich City and are in real danger of going down to the Championship at the end of the season.
Relegation would be a disaster for Villa, who would probably struggle to bounce straight back to the Premier League.
The Villans will return to action next weekend when they take on Stoke City away from home at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League.